Sunday, September 5, 2010
Why we like Lichen - Linda C. Miller
Also this amazing organism is actually two organisms that live off each other in what is called a symbiotic relationship. Fungi are incapable of making their own food. They usually provide for themselves as parasites or decomposers. Lichen are composite organisms consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) with a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont), usually a green alga.
Lichen can live for many years and will actually go "dormant" in times of drought.
Hummingbirds use lichen to build their nests.
Deer and caribou eat lichen.
Size: 7 inches high by 1.5 inches wide
Watercolor and Ink on 300lb HP Paper
Have a great day with nature!
Linda C. Miller
Artist, Naturalist and Instructor